⏰Monday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (26 July 2021 – Memorial of Ss. Joachim and Anne)

📖Exod 32:15-24, 30-34; Ps 106:19-20, 21-22, 23 (R.v.1b); Matt 13:31-35


Beloved in Christ, things might be rough, slow and unstable at the beginning, but if you put your trust in the Lord and persevere to the end, you shall reap the fruit of abundance.

In our journey of faith, our destination is the kingdom of God. The two parables that Jesus gave in Matt 13:31-35 speak of the kingdom as one one with a small and probably discouraging start, but which grows to provide shelter and sustenance for many. It is only those who persevere with the rough beginnings that will enjoy provisions of this Kingdom.

On their way to the Promised Land, the people of Israel met with that rough beginning and got discouraged from walking with God. They turned to other gods and the consequence is that God’s anger burned out against them and he decided he was going to eliminate eliminate them (cf. Exod 32:15-34).

Ss. Joachim and Anne didn’t also find life easy. It was difficult for them to beget a child but they waited on the Lord until they got Mary, who would become the Mother of God.

I want to encourage you, in this new work week, no matter how rough your journey has been so far, remain focused on journeying with God and stay away from sin. With God by your side, there is an assurance of shelter and abundance of blessing.

May the Lord bless all the works of your hand and may all the provisions you seek from him be granted you in abundance in this new work week and beyond. Amen.

Have a blessed and grace-filled work week. Peace be with you.

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